What are the benefit’s to a Creative By Design Landscape

When its comes to landscaping, we feel there are two sides. Firstly, giving you the best landscape installation we possibly can (I know, that’s what every landscape company says!), as well as a landscape that will stay together for a lot of years to come (we’ll get more into that shortly)

Secondly, working with Creative By Design isn’t just about getting a contractor in to build or design you a landscape. We have no trouble doing that, but we also like to help you understand or educate you, on how and what steps we take to get you this beautiful landscape, as well as what the benefits are to our landscapes over another landscapers installation.

We came upon this decision, when we noticed that a lot of homeowners are ‘scared’ of their yards, for fear of wrecking the great look they had when we left.  Some are afraid to touch the irrigation, in case it stops working, or not wanting to touch the shrubs because they may prune it wrong. This is what we want to prevent, or at least reduce….and if needed, you can always call us and we would be happy to come out and look at whatever the problem is.


So let’s start at the beginning…..

Im Phil, and ive been in the industry for just over 15 years. In that time I’ve been lucky enough to work with some great homeowners and see what is most important to them, in terms of landscaping. I’ve also been lucky enough to work in residential landscape maintenance and lawn mowing and had the opportunity  to see what makes for a user-friendly landscape. With this knowledge, I’ve decided to add these qualities to enhance our landscaping results.

One of the biggest pro’s to a Creative By Design Landscape is that its built on the preventative.  That preventative is using our knowledge and experience to help reduce your cost for adjustments in the future.

Why would you need adjustments?

As a landscape grows, things needs to be adjusted. I.e shrubs grow, so irrigation has to be adjusted accordingly in order to accomplish its task effectively. As shrubs grow, plants need to be moved, as does lighting etc.

How can we foresee this. Truth is, we cant. But what we can do is build your landscape to try and reduce your cost during renovations in the future.

Here are some areas we save you money.


  • Installing conduits under all hardscapes.

When you pay for a hardscape, you want it to stay looking great, for many years to come. If you decide to install or change your irrigation/lighting in the years ahead, the last thing you want to do is rip up a section of walkway  or driveway to get lighting or irrigation to the frontyard (for example). By having conduits, you are able to get access under your driveway/walkway without having to touch it. With this done during the installation process, your saving money on repairs in the future.

  • Using less sand.

Most landscapers build their hardscapes on crush (hopefully), and then 1” of sand. We have found this much sand causes hardscapes to fail over time. The reason for this, is because we all know sand isn’t a structural material.

So why use so much sand?

Because its quicker and sand is cheap.

Whilst on the topic of sand, we also use less polymeric sand in the finishing stages. A lot of companies will fill in gaps on curves with polymeric sand, because its quicker than having someone cut the ‘ brick wedges’ to fill them.

Sand will never be as strong as stone or concrete, no matter what you put in it!

How is a Creative By Design hardscape built?

Well we have a process that only uses ¼”- ½” of sand. We have found that with less sand and by using our installation method, your hardscape lasts a lot longer. And we will cut those wedges no matter how many there are.

How much longer?

To Be Honest….. We have hardscapes that we installed with this process over 10 years ago and they are still holding together as strong and looking as good as they did, the day we finished them.

With this method, we have also never had to go back to fix or repair one due to failing. The process really does work that well.

  • We don’t use plastic edging

Any hardscape built with plastic edging, is unfortunately built to fail. Why? Because its held into the ground with nails. Imagine sticking your finger into wet crushed gravel or clay and slowly moving it in a circle…the hole gets bigger?! Same goes for the nails holding edging in place, which means the edging moves, then the sand moves,  which in turn means, the pavers shift.

So why do landscapers use plastic edging?

Because its cheaper and quicker to install and by the time it fails, the warranty has ended meaning the homeowner will have to pay to fix it.

How do we finish a hardscape?

We finish the edges with bead of concrete, finished so you can barely notice it once the landscape is complete. We have found this makes for a long-lasting hardscape.

You can check out our hardscape process here.


When it comes to watering your landscape, we want you to have a thriving landscape forever. Unfortunately that means everything will grow well and you’ll have to prune it etc. But that’s what you’re paying for, a landscape that is healthy and looks great for a long time to come.

We have been on several Irrigation courses to make sure we give you the best irrigation system we possibly can. To do that, we take into account many different aspects. For instance, that area either side of the front door… would you like to have pots there?  and how do they get watered when you go on holiday for two weeks. Creative By Design take areas like these into account, and adds it into your irrigation system, because if its green then it’s our job to make sure it gets water.

We take pride in getting water to every area of your landscape, whilst also taking into account not to waste your water bill, by factoring in g.p.m, sun, slope, soil, lawn, beds, pots, veggies …I think you see what we mean.

When we install a system, we take into account several  factors.

In time, you will need to add heads, for the system to keep everything alive.

For this reason, we ‘under-capacitate’ our zones by a small amount.

We also leave an extra wire in the Valve box, and space for extra zones on the clock.

Why do we do this?

Because your landscape will grow, and you will need to add some extra heads. By not ‘maxing’ out your zones, you can add these without compromising zone efficiency. If the zones were at Maximum capacity you would have no choice but to either water by hand or add an additional zone.

Having an extra wire and clock space means, if you do decide to revamp a section of the yard in years to come, you have the maneuverability to add a zone for that project if needed.

By having this flexibility, you won’t have to tear your entire landscape up to do it, which will cost you less in the future. It also mean that you won’t be held hostage to having to water that new project with a hose either.

You can read more about our irrigation here.


All soil may seem the same when you look at it, however soil is comprised of many different makeups. When it comes to landscaping, what you put your turf on, or your plants in, has a huge difference in terms of results depending on what soil you used. This can also be said for watering those items.

If you install a landscape in Calgary with cheap soil, then it will be mostly Clay, and that means its poor draining, with high compaction. This translates to plants growing slower, water takes longer to drain through it, as well as longer to dry out. This isn’t necessarily a good thing for your landscape.

A lot of people talk about deep watering, well that only works if you have done the forethought of making sure you have good soil that allows for deep watering, ie low clay and good drainage.

We install our landscapes with only high nutrient, well-draining soil, so that your landscape is built with best possibly materials for the best results.


That is only three key areas of what we do for our Clients.

Why do we do this?

We want you to have a landscape that not only looks good, but functions to peak performance. We also have a passion for landscape longevity, we feel it’s what our clients deserve. We are supposed to be professionals, which means our knowledge and services should provide you with results for current and future situations.

…check out our reviews to see what our clients have to say.